Halloween is a great time to visit Gatlinburg. It’s a town brimming with fun-filled activities for the whole family and Halloween is no exception. In addition to the usual shopping, dining, and entertainment, there are many more activities offered during the month of October. Here are the 7 best Gatlinburg Halloween activities.
The Greenbrier Campground’s Annual Halloween Carnival
Greenbrier Campground, located on 2353 East Parkway, will be having their Annual Halloween Carnival on October 28th from 3 pm – 10pm. If you’re not a camper, that’s okay, it’s open to the public so everyone can enjoy the festivities. The activities include games and prizes, hayrides, food, and a bounce house. Treats will be given out starting at 6pm and there will be a contest to see which campers have the scariest site. At dark, a Haunted Island is added to the list of fun at the Campground’s Halloween Carnival.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, is located at 800 Parkway. If you love going to haunted houses, this is the place for you. This haunted mansion is over 10,000 square feet of horror. The doors are opened at 10 am every day, 365 days a year. Because this haunted adventure is so scary, they ask that everyone in attendance be at least 6 years of age.
While you’re in the area, you might want to stop and check out Ripley’s other Gatlinburg attractions. The Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium, 5-D motion theater, The Mirror Maze, The Guiness World Records Adventure, and two themed mini-golf courses are all a part of Ripley’s entertainment.
Ripley’s Aquarium Annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, located at 88 River Road in Gatlinburg, is another great place to stop for more Halloween fun. Every year, Ripley’s Aquarium holds the Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnvial. It lasts from 1pm-5pm on October 31st. There are contests, candy, a pumpkin contest, and costumed characters. The Gatlinburg Police and Fire Departments will be there to join in on the fun and to teach trick or treat and fire safety.
Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion
Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion is located at 424 River Road If you feel like going for a walk, you can get there from Ripley’s Aquarium by taking a stroll down the River Walk on River Road. This family-owned, haunted mansion is owned by the descendants of the original owners of the home. It has been renovated to be the scariest, haunted house in Gatlinburg.
The month of October is especially frightening at this haunted establishment. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, they have their House of Lost Souls experience. It’s said to be even scarier than their usual haunted house experience. The Mysterious Mansion is a must for anyone who loves a good fright.
Gatlinburg’s Ghost Walk Tours
The Ghost Walk Tours of Gatlinburg, meet at the public fountain located at 520 Parkway. You can choose to take the original ghost tour or you can take the tour with EMF detectors. Each group is provided with their own Electro Magnetic Field detector, so they can detect ghosts in the area.
These tours are perfect for those who want to be spooked, but not scared witless. It’s an hour-long, mile-long walk led by a story teller in costume. You will be guided through Gatlinburg’s most haunted places to hear about the local legends, superstitions, and historic murders. This story-telling experience is sure to delight, and while the ghosts may spook you, they guarantee people with chainsaws will not.
Shocktober at the Iris Theater
The Iris Theater of Gatlinburg, is located at 115 Historic Nature Trail, at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Wicked Things, is their show offered especially for Halloween. It introduces you to Chris and Erik, who have just become the owners of Weiss Manor, which has been haunted for 127 years. You can join them on their hilarious, haunted investigation of the spooky happenings at the Weiss Manor.
Impossibilities, is another fun show that takes place at the Iris theater. Enjoy a night of family-friendly fun as they present magic, mind-reading, and comedy. Chris Collins and Erik Dobell, have over 40 years of combined magic experience and have been featured on FOX, NBC, and America’s Got Talent. They have traveled all over delivering entertainment to the masses, and now you too can experience their shows live in Gatlinburg.
Kyker Family Farm Corn Maze
Kyker Family Farm, is located outside of Gatlinburg at 938 Alder Branch Road, in Sevierville, Tennessee. The Kyker farm has many things to do for Halloween, including corn mazes, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch. On Fridays and Saturdays in October, they have two additional attractions from 8pm-10pm. Zombie Blasters, is an adventure through the Dead Woods, where you get to shoot at Zombies with paintball guns. (Don’t worry, they can’t shoot back.) If you’re feeling brave you can try your luck on The Trail, where the fun corn maze, becomes a frightening, haunted cornfield.
As you can see, a Gatlinburg Halloween, is sure to be fun for the whole family. From trick or treating to East Tennessee’s most haunted houses, this town has something to offer everyone. Whether you just like to enjoy the fall scenery or you want to be scared out of your mind, you won’t be disappointed. Have a Happy Haunted Halloween!